Inaugurated in 2005, the Samuel E. Kelly Distinguished Faculty Lecture is named for the first vice president of the UW Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity and acknowledges the work of distinguished faculty research focusing on diversity and social justice.
Date, time and location to be announced.
2013 Lecturer – Amanda Lock Swarr, Ph.D.
Amanda Lock Swarr will present the 2013 Samuel E. Kelly Distinguished Faculty Lecture. Dr. Swarr is an associate professor at the University of Washington and joined the Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies faculty in 2005. She received a bachelor’s degree in women’s studies from Bucknell University (1995) and a master’s degree in anthropology (1998) and Ph.D. in feminist studies (2003) from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Swarr’s research addresses queer and trans* concerns, medical inequalities and feminist politics inside and outside of the U.S. She was Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Barnard College of Columbia University (2003-2005), a fellow with the UW Simpson Center Society of Scholars (2009-2010), and a two-time recipient of the UW Royalty Research Fellowship (2006-07, 2013-14). Dr. Swarr authored the book “Sex in Transition: Remaking Gender and Race in South Africa” (2012) and co-edited the anthology “Critical Transnational Feminist Praxis” (2010) with Richa Nagar, as well as publishing numerous articles in journals including “SIGNS: Journal of Women in Culture and Society and Feminist Studies.” Her current book project is titled “Forcing Sex: Violent Contestations over South African Masculinities.”
Racing the Boundaries of Gender and Sexuality:
Rethinking Apartheid and Transitional South Africa
Amanda Lock Swarr’s lecture, extended from her recent book, “Sex in Transition: Remaking Gender and Race in South Africa,” will argue that the well-known racial segregation of apartheid and the transition to democracy relied on an unexamined but interrelated paradigm of gendered and sexual manipulation. Drawing on 15 years of research in South Africa, she will ask why some South Africans who define themselves as transsexual, gay and lesbian have been subjected to forced and botched sex reassignment procedures, legalized discrimination and community ostracism, while others have received state-funded medical treatment and legal support. In this lecture, Swarr will expose the junctures of gender, sexuality and race, suggesting new ways to think about the inherent contradictions not only of South Africa but of social categories more broadly.
About the Lecture Series
Named in honor of the University of Washington’s first vice president for the Office of Minority Affairs (1970), the annual Samuel E. Kelly Distinguished Faculty Lecture is dedicated to acknowledging the work of distinguished faculty by spotlighting nationally recognized research focusing on diversity and social justice. Understanding differences takes place where there are opportunities to learn and become more informed about other people’s viewpoints, historical perspectives, life experiences, cultures, customs and contributions. Educational institutions have an opportunity and responsibility through teaching and research to promote awareness of diversity and its importance within a campus community and society.
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